Breaking News: A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report predicts that nearly 40 percent of Americans — particularly people of color and women — will develop type 2 diabetes at some point in their lives. Researchers estimated the trends using medical information and death certificates of 600,000 U.S. adults between 1985 and 2011.
The findings, published in the Aug. 13 issue of The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, come on the heels of another report that designated diabetes and obesity as two of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century. “We weren’t necessarily surprised that it increased, but we didn’t expect it to increase this much,” lead author of the study Edward Gregg
told MedicineNet.com. “Forty percent is a humbling number.”
Type 2 diabetes — the most common form of the chronic illness — remains the seventh leading cause of death
in the United States. People with type 2 diabetes often experience high blood sugar levels, skin infections, fatigue, and increased urination. Treatment costs have exploded by more than 40 percent between 2007 and
2012 and now stand at more than $245 billion, according to the American
Experts have long tied diabetes to obesity, lack of physical activity, and the consumption of high-fat, processed foods. People of color — particularly those with a family history of diabetes — have the greatest risk of developing the disease, especially if they live in suburbs, areas where amenities aren’t in close proximity and people walk less.
A shortage of endocrinologists — medical professionals who treat hormone-related conditions including diabetes, obesity, and thyroid disorders — has also played a part in the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in recent years. A June study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism highlighted an endocrinologist shortage of 1,500 for adults and 100 for children.
Wait times for non-emergency visits also average 37 days, according to a 2012 survey conducted by the Endocrine Society. Although researchers predicted that the treatment gap would close by 2016 for children, they said that treatment of adults would most likely remain an issue.“It’s rending people incapable of enjoying a good quality of life. It’s raising health care costs at an alarming rate,” Dr. Minisha Sood, an endocrinologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, told MedicineNet.com. “And frankly, there aren’t enough health care professionals to deal with what’s coming down the pike. We’re looking at clogging up a health care system that’s already stretched to its
Under the Affordable Care Act, adults with high blood pressure and pregnant women receive free diabetes screenings. Diabetic people can also develop behavioral and lifestyle changes with a counselor free of charge. Additionally, no lifetime dollar limit on coverage exists for treatment of diabetes. While that’s good news, nearly five million Americans would not be able to use these services because more than 20 governors have not approved Medicaid expansion in their states. As a result, several hospitals and clinics stand to lose more than $423 billion in federal funding over the next decade, dimming the prospects of
adequate care for people with type 2 diabetes and other chronic illnesses.
Are You the 1 in 4 Who Doesn't Know?
More than 29 million Americans have diabetes - 3 million more than estimated in 2010, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in four people has diabetes and doesn't know it. This is very serious because people with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing serious health complications including vision loss, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputation of toes, feet or legs, and premature death.
One in three adults in the United States - 86 million - has pre-diabetes, where their blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not elevated enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 15-30% of those adults will develop type 2 diabetes within five years!
"These new numbers are alarming and underscore the need for an increased focus on reducing the burden of diabetes in our country," said Ann Albright, Ph. D., R.D., director of DCD's Division of Diabetes Translation. "Diabetes is costly in both human and economic terms. It's urgent that we take swift action to effectively treat and prevent this serious disease."
Perhaps you or a family member have been diagnosed with diabetes and would like to ask a question or find out more information about diabetes education or support groups. We are healthcare professionals that give general suggestions and are not to replace your medical care team. You should consult your doctor or your healthcare team for urgent or critical concerns.
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Celebrate the 85th Anniversary of Camp Ho Mita Koda at Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland's 23rd Annual Camp Ho Mita Koda Benefit on Saturday, September 6, 2014
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For 85 years Camp programs have been specially designed to help campers self-manage their diabetes through personal responsibility; make healthy choices and make a life-long network of friends. It’s also a great opportunity for parents to truly relax and re-energize while their children are having fun at camp in a medically supervised environment.
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Live Well With Diabetes.
Director of Programs, Cheri Collier, discusses the Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland's goal of helping those with diabetes live healthier and longer lives. She also talks about the factors - lack of exercise, unhealthy diet - that contribute to diabetes in Northeast Ohio. Click here to watch her conversation with WKYC's Kim Wheeler.
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In partnership with Aetna and the American Association of Diabetes Educators the Diabetes Partnership is participating in a Diabetes Phone App study. The app can be downloaded to your phone at no cost to you. The app will help support you in reaching your goal to live better with diabetes.
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